Diamond Painting

Quite a few months back, I was ordering a few items from Wish.com and came across this craft called 5D Diamond painting. So as I like crafts, I decided to give this interesting craft a try. Well, that was the start of a new craft for me.

I am doing diamond paintings just about every day.

So what is diamond painting?

Have you ever did a colour by number? Or paint by number? Right, so diamond painting is just like that only you stick little (minute) gems on the corresponding coloured block.

Every painting comes with a key and the picture is a graph with all little symbols and colours over it. One needs to select the colour gem that you would like to start with and with the help of the key, stick all the gems on the designated blocks on the picture.

It is a very easy and relaxing craft to start. And I can promise that once you start, you will not stop.

It is a craft that is new on the market and only some countries sell them. I am hoping that this will change as it becomes more popular, but for now you can order it online.

I have completed a few already and I am about to start my next one tonight.

 

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Chocolate

 

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We all love chocolate and the thought of not being able to eat it, because of the affects that it has on our bodies, is sad. Eating chocolate always comes with the thoughts of an acne outbreak, weight gain or some other negative outcome. I did research and found that chocolate can also have positive affects on the body – when eaten in moderation.

The higher the cocoa content, the healthier the chocolate. Chocolate with a higher cocoa content tends to have a low sugar level.

Dark chocolate is the healthiest of all chocolates. I am talking about chocolate with a cocoa level that is 70% or higher.

Dark chocolate contains:

  • Fibre
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Maganese
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine

The caffeine content is so small, that it won’t affect your night sleep should you eat it before bedtime.

Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants.

Dark Chocolate can improve blood flow and it lowers blood pressure. Improved blood flow has a positive affect on the brain function.

Dark chocolate can help to reduce insulin resistance in diabetics.

Dark chocolate has had an affect on reducing the risk of heart disease.

The flavanol from cocoa improves the blood flow to the skin and increases the skin’s density and hydration, protecting the skin from sunlight.

Dark chocolate may have a positive affect on the health and inflammation of the gut.

But lets not forget that chocolate can also be unhealthy:

  • Chocolate can increase weight gain.
  • Chocolate can cause tooth decay.
  • Chocolate may affect bone health, though there is a little evidence to prove that chocolate can cause osteoporosis.

Enjoy your chocolate without the guilt that you are harming your body. The positive outweigh the negative of chocolate effects on the body. Just eat in moderation. Put that block of chocolate into your mouth, let it melt and taste that smooth cocoa flavour which only chocolate can give.

 

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Recycled Crochet Caddies

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I have been making these lovely crochet caddies inspired by Zhaya Designs Amigurumis.

I love making these dolls and I have been using them as a way to recycle empty water bottles, and empty cardboard cereal boxes. I use the bottle, cut in half for the bottom of the doll and I put a rock into the bottom to give it weight. Then I place a cardboard disk on top of the cut bottle so that I don’t need to stuff the bottle and then I stuff the torso and head with teddy stuffing. The arms are also stuffed with teddy stuffing. This is the way I reduce plastic and card being thrown into the bin and I also cut cost with using less teddy stuffing.

And to top it all, I get therapy from the crocheting.

 

Valentine’s Day

Yesterday it was Valentine’s Day.

It is a day where loved ones will buy roses, chocolates or write letters to their loved ones. I got a Valentine’s wish from a friend. It felt so nice to see on my phone that I had received a message. I opened the message and lo and behold it was a wish from a lovely friend.

I hope everyone can show love to their loved one all year round and not only on 1 day a year. Don’t wait for the designated day, it might be too late. Say “I love you” everyday. Show your love everyday by caring and giving to the person you are caring for. Actions are great, but sometimes we also want to hear the words.

And don’t wait for that special occasion to say those important words. It might be too late and you will never ever get to say the words to that special person. Love everyday. Life is too short.

Love!

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Origami Benefits

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I am on my 3rd hobby and it’s benefits…

Origami!

What is Origami? Well, it is a creative paper folding craft that allows a person to make all sorts of shapes, figures, animals and more just out of paper.

  1. Promotes relaxation and this helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
  2. Origami is fun and creative.
  3. Origami has been known to benefit those who have had hand surgery or injury. The movements needed to fold the paper are the right type of exercises needed to strengthen the hand muscles.
  4. Origami boosts low self esteem and it is beneficial for those who suffer from ADHD and autism.

So why not give origami a try? You can make wonderful models from simple pieces of paper.

The Benefits of Pottery

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Today is all about the benefits of pottery for our wellbeing.

  1. Pottery is creative: There are physical and mental benefits to pottery. Pottery allows you to express yourself by what you create with the clay. And as an added bonus, you end up making something for yourself and this gives you a sense of self achievement.
  2. Pottery provides outlets: Pottery has been known to provide a person with outlets for grief and spontaneity. It allows you to find self-identification and self-expression. It also boosts self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Reduce stress: Pottery keeps the hands busy and the sense of touch is important. The need for focus is high and this keeps the mind busy so that outside distractions are ignored and this in turn reduces stress, and anxiety.
  4. Pottery and focus: pottery improves your focus. The important need to be focused on your creation, helps the brain to keep focused on one thing and this helps the mind to relax and expand aiding in future ability to focus on one activity at a time.
  5. Pottery and pain: Pottery helps to reduce stress which is usually cause for pain.
  6. Arm to finger exercise: The movement needed to create with clay strengthens the arms, wrists and hands. It is usually a gentle, fluid and calm movement and the movement has been known to benefit those suffering with arthritis in the hands.
  7. Improve life quality: Just like all hobbies and crafts, pottery is important in boosting self-esteem, self-exploration and self-worth.

 

The Benefits of Crochet

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Hello everyone.

I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.

Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.

The benefits:

  1. Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
  7. Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
  8. Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.

 

 

Happy New Year 2019

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Happy New Year to all my readers.

May this year give you blessings and may all your dreams come true.

Let’s start this year with positivity and love.

It is now the time to learn new crafts, retry attempted crafts that didn’t go as planned or that you struggled to ‘get the hang of’, or continue doing what you do best – using your crafting skills.

This is going to be a year of endless opportunities. I can feel it in my bones.

 

 

End of the Year 2018

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Hello to all my readers.

The Christmas festive season is just around the corner and there is so much to do. I find this to be the busiest time of the year. So this means that I will not be posting any new posts until the new year 2019. I wish all my faithful readers and followers a great, blessed and happy Christmas and New Years.

For the new year I would like to try something different. I would like to have my readers give me the topics for the new posts. And any suggestions are welcome.

If anyone is looking for a specific topic, have questions that you need answered, drop me an email. I will do my best and write a post for you.

Here is my e-mail address: maxleibs@gmail.com

 

Many blessings for the Holidays.

Polymer pretties

Today I tried working with polymer clay, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very nice and easy to work with this clay and the colors are great! Here is what I’ve made so far, and when I have quite a bit made then I’ll bake them all together. 😀

Here are my first attempts.